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  • Locations: Nizwa, Oman
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: Arabic Credit Weighting: 2 Credit Points
Credit Type: Undergraduate Housing Options: On Campus
OS Help Available: Yes Scholarships Available: Yes
Program Description:

Wednesday July 26, 2017

Burwood: N3.11
Waurn Ponds: ic3.108
VMP: 36918

The Arabic In-Country Program is conducted under the auspices of an agreement between the University of Nizwa in Nizwa, Oman, and the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University.

Deakin University offers an eight-week intensive Arabic in-country language and culture program, which is hosted by the Dhad Institute at Nizwa University. The in-country program is offered at third year level. Students who have completed AIB252 Arabic 2B or equivalent are eligible to apply. Deakin students are eligible to receive two credit points upon the successful completion of the Arabic in-country course.
Students from other universities should discuss the issue of accreditation with their respective home institutions.

Brief Background
Oman, officially called the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab state located in the south-eastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Its land borders are with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Oman controls a small area on the Musandam Peninsula which extends into the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. Oman's coastline is more than 3000km long with a coastal plain up to 19km wide. The extreme south-western Governorate, Dhofar, is fertile with a rainy season.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said has ruled Oman since 1970. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world and embarked on economic reforms and boosted spending on health, education and welfare.

University of Nizwa
The University of Nizwa (UoN) was established in the Sultanate of Oman in 2004 as a faculty governed not-for-profit private university. It is located 140 km from the national capital of Muscat in the interior region of Al-Dakhiliya near the historic former capital of Nizwa. The University seeks to provide a progressive and safe learning environment that is respectful of the traditions and values of the Sultanate. The University has expanded tremendously since the inception in 2004, both in physical size and in the number and diversity of programs offered to students. At this time the University offers over 30 undergraduate majors and 6 masters programs to a student body of nearly 6500.

In-country Program Dates
The Arabic In-Country Program is expected to commence on Tuesday December 5 2017 and conclude on Thursday February 1 2018.

Class Structure
The teaching program will be eight weeks in duration, and classes will meet five days a week; Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Oman. The academic program, which includes 120 hours of language instruction in modern standard Arabic, as well as 40 hours of language partner program, is structured over an average of four contact hours per day. The program is designed to further develop students’ conversational skills, as well as their written, reading and comprehension skills.

Complimentary and Cultural Programs
A cultural program designed to complement the academic program and enrich the overall educational experience will also be offered. This includes:

Extra-Curricular Activities
Workshops/seminars on cultural themes (2)
Cultural Activities (4)Excursions
Four excursions - OptionalAccommodation
Female students will be accommodate in the University Housing, which is on campus in twin or triple sharing rooms. Male students will be accommodated in the University Housing complex outside the campus.

In order to qualify for an Omani visa, students must supply a copy of their Curriculum Vitae, Passport, and passport photo. Please send this to once you have been accepted into the program.

All students undertaking the Arabic in-country program will be covered by Deakin Insurance for the duration of the program. If you are planning to extend your travel you will be required to purchase insurance covering the additional period of time. This can be organised by Deakin Insurance.

Program Costs
Please note that the final cost of the program fee is determined by the exchange rate, therefore you need to be aware that if the exchange rate goes up/down, you will be either asked to make an additional payment, or alternatively receive a refund at the time of making the final payment to our host institution in Oman.

Tuition Fees:              388.5RO
Visa Fees                    40RO
Housing and meals:
Option 1: 507RO (shared room with up to 3 beds for 60 days)
Option 2: 627RO (twin-share room for 60 days)Meals: 42 days, including breakfast and lunch. Weekends are not included.
Airport transfer (pick up and drop off):        40RO
Total Course Cost:
Option 1: 975.5RO
Option 2: 1095.5RO

Australian students studying at the undergraduate level, who are not completing this program as their final credit points of study, may be eligible for an OS-HELP loan of up to $6567 (2017 total) to support their experience overseas.
OS-HELP loan applications can take up to 4 weeks to process; payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.

A number of scholarships are available for Arabic In-country Program this year. These are competitive scholarships ($1000 each) and will be available to students to apply for them in August/September.

Further details about these scholarships and the application process will be announced in due course.

Important Information:
Applications are now open!
Applications close: Sunday August 20 2017
Non-refundable deposit deadline: Wednesday September 20 2017
Compulsory all-day pre-departure session: October 2017 (exact date TBC)
Compulsory Deakin Abroad pre-departure session: Session times

University of Nizwa

For further information regarding academic matters, please contact:

A/Professor Hakeem Kasem
Arabic In-Country Program Director
Burwood campus
(03) 9244 3915

For further information regarding administrative matters, including enrolment, travel, payments, etc, please contact the Faculty of Arts & Education Work Integrated Learning team via or 9246 8759.

• A minimum number of 8 students is required for the program to run

Cancellation policy:

Over 90 days: Loss of $500 deposit
90-60 days: 50% cancellation penalty
60- 0 days: 100 % cancellation penalty

* 20 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program

This program is currently not accepting applications.